Why the Whales Came

Why the Whales Came

By Author / Illustrator

Michael Morpurgo


Historical Fiction

Age range(s)



Egmont UK Ltd




Paperback / softback




An exciting historical adventure from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought. They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don't know whether to believe the birdman's story that the island is cursed.

Set against the backdrop of the First World War, in the tradition of Friend or Foe and Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo brings the emotional reality of conflict to life in a way that is accessible to younger readers. Look out for his other historical adventures including An Eagle in the Snow and Listen to the Moon.

Praise for Why the Whales Came:

'The Scilly Islands off the English coast provide the setting for this well-written historical novel ... good readers will find this a memorable adventure, no less immediate for its setting in the past.' Booklist


Georgia - Age 8

I loved in this book and how, at the end, fabulous Michael Morpurgo only then explains about the whales. That's when you finally find out about the dying whales. This book is my best book yet and it gets five stars from me. Gracie was just like my character in real life. Always waiting for another adventure. Although I woudn't really want a best friend like Daniel.

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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